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McDonald's Is A Popular Wedding Destination In Hong Kong

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 6:19am

McDonald's there are offering wedding packages. It seems the young couples have fond memories of first dates at the McDonald's — where love blossoms under golden arches.

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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Hosts Underwater Concert

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 6:10am

Four hours of music was piped through underwater speakers. Songs from Flipper and The Little Mermaid were played for divers, snorkelers and marine life.

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France Celebrates Bastille Day

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

July 14th is Bastille Day in France. On this day in 1789, crowds stormed the Bastille prison, where the king kept his enemies. The monarchy was overthrown in a revolution. Much like July 4th in the U.S., July 14th is a national holiday across France.

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Israel's Ambassador To U.S. Comments On Conflict In Gaza

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

Israel's ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer talks to Steve Inskeep about what it will take to stop the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from escalating further. Tensions are mounting as the Israeli government continues its aerial bombardment of Gaza and Hamas continues firing rockets into Israel.

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Israel Warns Residents To Flee Gaza

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

The conflict between Israel and Hamas continues. Israel has intensified air strikes, and warned thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip to take shelter. Israel warns it plans to bomb the area as part of their offensive against Hamas.

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Italian Workers Will Try To Refloat Capsized Costa Concordia

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

Authorities in Italy say work to float the shipwrecked Costa Concordia so it can be towed away for scrap could start Monday, weather-permitting. The cruise liner struck a reef in January 2012 and capsized, killing 32 people. The ship's captain is being tried on charges of manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship.

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Study: Older Americans Hope To Stay Independent In Their Homes

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

A new study from Georgetown and Phillips Inc. finds that the vast majority of Americans want to age in their own homes. But that the vast majority have taken no steps to retrofit or use technology to make their homes suitable for aging in place.

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Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

Black votes weren't always assumed to be Democratic. Before 1964, the GOP still had a substantial number of black voters, who'd been drawn to the party of Lincoln for more than 100 years. But when the ultra conservative wing of the GOP overthrew Republican moderates to choose Barry Goldwater as the party standard-bearer, black voters deserted the GOP in droves.

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Politics In The News

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

President Obama has sent Congress an almost $4 billion request to deal with the situation at the southern border, where children from Central America continue to arrive. The president has said it's a stopgap measure — that what's really needed is an immigration overhaul. But Republicans argue they can't trust Obama, as they point to other instances of laws they say he has ignored.

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The Last Word In Business

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.

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Why Did Black Voters Flee The Republican Party In The 1960s?

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

Fifty years ago, when the ultra-conservative wing of the GOP overthrew Republican moderates to choose Barry Goldwater as the party standard-bearer, black voters deserted the GOP in droves.

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China Indicts GlaxoSmithKline Investigators

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

Prosecutors in Shanghai have charged a British detective and his American wife with illegally buying and selling personal information about Chinese citizens.

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Russia's Annexation Of Crimea Worries Baltic Nation Of Latvia

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

President Putin said he was acting to protect the rights of ethnic Russians in Crimea. Latvians fear Russia could use the Russian-speaking population to exert destabilizing pressure on their country.

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Brazilian Police Move In On Sunday's World Cup Protesters

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

There had been concern in the lead-up to the World Cup that the protests in Brazil would get worse as the tournament went on. But that didn't happen — until the final protest on Sunday turned violent.

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Late-Game Goal Gives Germany World Cup Win Over Argentina

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

Germany takes home the 2014 World Cup title after a 1-0 win over Argentina on Sunday. It was a tense match that saw a lot of action but no score for more than 90 minutes of play.

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Palestinian Authority Bears Brunt Of West Bank Outrage

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

Political strife and unrest are powerful backdrops in the work of Palestinian writer Adania Shibli. She talks to Steve Inskeep about the mood in Ramallah.

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Fighting Between Israel And Gaza Spans 1 Week

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:05am

Thousands of Palestinian residents are taking shelter. The fighting shows no signs of slowing, despite international calls for a ceasefire and growing concerns about the mounting civilian death toll.

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To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 3:28am

To get his young patients moving, Dr. Robert Zarr whips out his pad and prescribes a park. And not just any park. One chosen for the child from a 380-park database.

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'How To Survive The Bulls' Co-Author Gets Gored

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 6:14am

On Wednesday, Bill Hillmann, one of the authors of Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona, was reportedly gored in the leg. His injuries were not life threatening.

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New York City Considers Licensing Costumed Peformers

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 6:06am

Lawmakers say too many people dress like Superman or other characters to pose for pictures with tourists, and then they demand money.

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